Women Write Their Lives

All Star Panel moderated by Amy Ferris & Hollye Dexter:

Seven extraordinary women talk about the stories they longed to share, the stories that were hard to write, and the sheer power of releasing those words out into the world. Panelists: Suzanne Braun Levine, Teresa Stack, Samantha Dunn, Monica Holloway, Sarah Stonich,  and Brooke Warner.

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013; 11:00am – 12:30pm, Hotel Real de Minas.

All Speaker Events are bilingual, included in Conference Packages, and available for Single Ticket purchase. NOTE: Packages & Tickets available Sept. 15, 2012.

“Raise your words, not your voice -
it’s rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” – Rumi

San Miguel Writers' Conference - Hollye Dexter

Hollye Dexter

Hollye Dexter is co-editor of Dancing At the Shame Prom (Seal Press), and recently completed a second memoir, What Doesn’t Kill You. Her essays have been published in anthologies and in many online publications.

A singer/songwriter with four albums out, she also founded the award-winning nonprofit Art and Soul, running workshops for teenagers in the foster care system. In 2007 she received the Agape Spirit award from Dr. Michael Beckwith (from The Secret) for her work with at-risk youth.

With her collaborator Amy Ferris, Hollye teaches writing workshops, helping others to find their authentic voices.  She lives in Southern California with her husband and three children, where she hikes, plays music and blogs about living an authentic life: www.hollyedexter.blogspot.com

San Miguel Writers' Conference - Samantha Dunn

Samantha Dunn

Samantha Dunn is the author of the memoirs, Not By Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life, a BookSense 76 pick, and Faith in Carlos Gomez: A Memoir of Salsa, Sex and Salvation, which has been in development at Lifetime Television. Her first novel Failing Paris was a finalist for the PEN West Fiction Award in 2000, and was reissued by AmazonEncore in 2011.

Samantha’s essays have appeared in numerous national publications including the Los Angeles Times, O (Oprah) Magazine, Ms., and Shape. A widely published journalist, Dunn’s bylines have been regularly featured in InStyle, Glamour, SELF, Men’s Health, and a variety of other consumer magazines.

She has also written for the stage, as a co-creator of the show American Ese. A former Writer-in-Residence at the New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, she is the 2011 Instructor of the Year at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, and the adviser to the PEN Center’s Emerging Voices and The Mark, programs geared to mentoring new writers.

Samantha’s work is anthologized in a number of places, including the essay collections Dancing at the Shame Prom by editors Amy Ferris and Hollye Dexter; Drinking Diaries, edited by Caren Osten Gerszberg and Leah Odze Epstein; Damage Control, edited by Emma Forrest; and The Time of Our Lives, edited by Rob Spillman. She is co-editor and creator of the short story anthology, Women on the Edge: Writing from Los Angeles.

San Miguel Writers' Conference - Amy Ferris

Amy Ferris

Amy Ferris is an author, screenwriter, playwright, and editor. Her memoir, Marrying George Clooney, Confessions From A Midlife Crisis (Seal Press, 2009), has been translated into numerous languages and  adapted into an Off-Broadway play. She has contributed to such anthologies as He Said What?, The Buddha Next Door, Exit Laughing, and The Drinking Diaries. Amy wrote theYA (young adult) novel, a greater goode (Houghton Mifflin, 2003). Her films include Mr. Wonderful and Funny Valentines. She co-created, and co-edited the first women’s issue of Living Buddhism Magazine (2001), and was Guest Editor-in-Chief of Milford Magazine’s annual women’s issue.

She is co-editor of the anthology Dancing at The Shame Prom, Seal Press, 2012. Her blog, Marrying George Clooney, was named one of the ten best for women over 40 by More Magazine. 

Amy serves on the Advisory Board of The Women’s Media Center, and serves on the Board of Peters Valley Art, Education and Craft Center.

Amy lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ken, and is thoroughly content with her life. www.marryinggeorgeclooney.com

San Miguel Writers' Conference - Monica Holloway

Monica Holloway

Monica Holloway is the critically acclaimed author of two memoirs–Driving with Dead People and Cowboy & Willsseveral essays, and is an autism and literacy activist and advocate.

Driving with Dead People is described by Newsweek as “unforgettable”.  Monica’s bestselling memoir Cowboy & Wills is the story of her lovable and brilliant autistic son, Wills, and the remarkable dog that coaxes him into the world.

Cowboy & Wills was chosen as the prestigious Mom’s Choice Awards® Gold Recipient for 2010.  Most recently Monica contributed the essay “Party Girl” to the collection Cherished: 21 Writers on Animals They Have Loved and Lost. Her work will also appear in the anthology Dancing at the Shame Prom due October 2012. Holloway is presently working on her third memoir, to be published by Simon & Schuster Spring 2013.

Monica works to raise awareness and participation for two issues about which she deeply cares as a mother and an author: autism and literacy.  In 2011 Holloway received the Woman of Distinction Award from the Special Needs Network in recognition for her work and contributions to the special needs communities in Los Angeles.
Monica lives in Los Angeles with her family.

San Miguel Writers' Conference - Suzanne Braun Levine

Suzanne Braun Levine

Suzanne Braun Levine is a nationally recognized authority on women, family issues and media. She was the first editor of Ms. Magazine and the first woman editor of the Columbia Journalism Review. She produced the Peabody Award-winning HBO documentary She’s Nobody’s Baby: American Women in the Twentieth Century.  In 2004, she was named a “Ms. Woman of the Year.”

How We Love Now is her third book in an ongoing conversation with women in second adulthood, the stage she celebrated in 50 Is the New Fifty and Inventing the Rest of Our Lives. She is the author of Father Courage: What Happens When Men Put Family First and co-authored an oral history about NY Congresswoman BELLA ABZUG. She is a blogger on Huff/Post50 and contributes to Encore.org, NextAvenue.orgThe Transition NetworkThirdAge.comVibrantNation.com and guest on “Feisty Side of Fifty” radio.

Levine is on the Board of Civic Ventures and the Advisory Board of the Women’s Media Center, POZ magazine and the Ms. Foundation for Education and Communication. She has appeared on OprahCharlie RoseTodayNPR and is a lecturer.   She graduated from Harvard with honors and lives in New York with her husband, Robert F. Levine. They have two adult children. www.suzannebraunlevine.com

Ms. Levine is also presenting an optional lecture and discussion On Monday, February 18, at 3:00pm: The Early Days of Ms. Magazine and the Current State of Feminism.

San Miguel Writers' Conference - Teresa Stack

Teresa Stack

Teresa Stack is president of The Nation magazine.  Since 1998, she has guided The Nation‘s day to day operations and long term planning.

Founded by abolitionists in 1865, The Nation is America’s oldest weekly magazine, and with print circulation of 150,000 and over 1,000,000 monthly visitors to TheNation.com, it is now more widely read and influential than ever.

Prior to joining The Nation, Ms. Stack worked as the corporate circulation director overseeing Fairchild Publication’s fifteen trade magazines; she has worked in publishing for 27 years.

A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Ms. Stack is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Los Angeles Times and other web and print publications.

San Miguel Writers' Conference - Sarah StonichSarah Stonich directed the New American Writing program from 1988-1992, and in 2009 founded WordStalkers.com – a women’s consortium of freelance book doctors, publication coaches, translators, script doctors and commercial branders. She teaches workshops on writing with the senses, and is currently developing one on memoir and memory. She has presented and moderated at numerous festivals, including the Aspen Irish Writer’s Festival.

Sarah’s first novel, These Granite Islands won several awards, was a B&N Discover Great New Writers selection, a BookSense 76 pick, and translated into eight languages. Other books include the novel, The Ice Chorus. Her 2011 memoir Shelter won the NEMBA Award. She has been a resident at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, and a Fellow at the International Writer’s Residency at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland. Her forthcoming book of fiction, Vacationland, will be published in April by The University of Minnesota Press, along with their re-issue of These Granite Islands.

Sarah lives in Minneapolis, where she also writes as Ava Finch.
For more, visit sarahstonich.comwordstalkers.com, and avafinch.com.

San Miguel Writers' Conference - Brooke Warner

Brooke Warner

Brooke Warner is the former executive editor of Seal Press, and the current publisher of She Writes Press and founder and president of Warner Coaching Inc. (warnercoaching.com), where she specializes in helping writers get published.

See more at www.sealpress.com and She Writes Press: www.shewritespress.com.

In her thirteen years in the publishing industry, Brooke shepherded over 500 books through the publication process.Brooke’s expertise is in traditional and new publishing, and she is an equal advocate for publishing with a traditional house and self-publishing.

Brooke’s website recently won an award from the Association of Independent Authors for Best Website for Independent Authors. She sits on the board of the National Association of Memoir Writers (namw.org) and She Writes (shewrites.com) She is the author of What’s Your Book? A Step-by-Step Guide to Get You from Inspiration to Published Author. She lives in Berkeley, California.

Brooke Warner is also teaching Concurrent Workshop 105.